FAA: Flight from Detroit to Atlanta experienced engine failure; aircraft pieces found near DTW

FAA says residents found aircraft pieces outside airfield

ROMULUS, Mich. - The FAA is collecting aircraft pieces found near Detroit Metro Airport after an Atlanta-bound flight experienced engine failure Monday night and had to return to the airport. 

Pieces from the Spirit aircraft were thought to be contained to the airport runway but more were found by residents outside of the airfield, the FAA said in a statement Wednesday. 

"The FAA is interested in collecting these pieces so we can determine if they came from an aircraft, and if so, if they came from the same aircraft," a statement from the FAA reads. 

The incident is under further investigation by the FAA. 

"I’m sorry to say we don’t discuss open investigations. This review should take several weeks or more to complete," FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory wrote in an email. 

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